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Chicago Church Converted into a Soaring Single-Family Home

There is something innately beautiful about churches that have been transformed to serve a different purpose in the ever-changing world. While we have seen some being altered into breathtaking bookstores and libraries, most often old churches find a new lease on life as unique and dramatic contemporary homes. Located in a busy neighborhood of Chicago, this 5500-square-foot church was turned into a lovely, eclectic single-family home by Linc Thelen Design. The revamped residence contains seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, along with sweeping public areas that steal the show with sheer grandeur!

25-foot high ceiling for the dramatic living area

The dramatic 25-feet-high open living area on the lower level contains the living space, dining room and kitchen, with each area flowing into the next. Instead of completely shunning its past, the converted church actually embraces its rich heritage with fabulous stained glass windows bringing pops of yellow, red and green into each room. Exposed brick walls at the entrance, wooden ceiling turnbuckles and beams blend in effortlessly with contemporary elements, while a refined color scheme that is dominated by white and gray defines the cool, cultured ambiance indoors.

Original stained glass windows and exposed brickwork of the renovated church home

Classic, colorful church windows bring timeless charm to the modern eclectic setting

Living room of the Church conversion with gray accent fireplace wall

Industrial lighting fixtures and polished decor add to the eclectic vibe of the church conversion

Fabulous modern kitchen in gray, white and black with beautiful stained glass church windows

Philippe starck masters chair for the contemporary dining room

The lower level also contains the master bedroom, closet and bathroom, while the top level houses additional private spaces, an amazing playroom with a custom climbing wall, a nursery and a game room that was previously the bell tower! Modern decor in neutral hues, an imposing fireplace and smart lighting end up becoming the showstoppers in this smart, utilitarian makeover that showcases the brilliance of adaptive reuse. [Photography: Jim Tschetter]

Beautiful modern bedroom with church windows that bring color and pattern

Wallpaper brings pattern to the cozy kids' bedroom

Towering ceiling of the church conversion is perfect for the activity wall in the playroom

Small nursery idea in white with wallpapered ceiling and vintage lighting

Stained glass window makes its presence felt in the contemporary bathroom

Vintage colorful sink idea for modern bathroom

Ingenious textured wallpaper for the small powder room

Mr. Fox wallpaper in the laundry

Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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